13th Planet Records

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13th Planet Records
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Founded2005 (2005)
Founder Al Jourgensen
Distributor(s) Sony BMG Music Entertainment
RED Distribution
Genre Heavy metal, industrial, rock, electronic
Country of originUnited States
Location El Paso, Texas
Official website www.thirteenthplanet.com

13th Planet Records is an American record label founded by Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen in October 2005. [1] In addition to its function as an artist-run, artist-friendly independent label, 13th Planet encompasses several realms of the music industry including artist management, touring (including 2008's "C U LaTouR"), [2] music publishing as well as a full-scale rehearsal and recording studio.

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Ministry (band) American industrial metal band

Ministry is an American rock band founded in 1981 by Al Jourgensen in Chicago, Illinois. Originally a synth-pop outfit, Ministry's sound changed as they became one of the pioneers of industrial metal in the late 1980s. The band's lineup has frequently changed throughout its history, with the exception of Jourgensen who is the band's main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Notable musicians who have contributed to the band's studio or live activities include Paul Barker, Martin Atkins, Bill Rieflin, Chris Connelly, Nivek Ogre, Mike Scaccia, Rey Washam, Paul Raven, Tommy Victor, Roy Mayorga, John Bechdel, Jason Christopher, Tony Campos, Burton C. Bell and DJ Swamp.

Al Jourgensen musician

Allen David Jourgensen is a Cuban-American singer-songwriter, musician and music producer. Closely related with scene surrounding the independent record label Wax Trax! Records, Jourgensen has an active musical career that spans four decades, and is best known as the frontman of the industrial rock band Ministry, which he founded in 1981 and of which he remains the only constant member. He was also primary musician of several Ministry-related projects, such as Revolting Cocks, Lard, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters, and others. Aside from the aforementioned bands, he has produced and/or recorded with numerous other artists, including The Reverend Horton Heat, Prong, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, The Blackouts, Alan Vega, Iggy Pop, Adrian Sherwood, Jello Biafra and others. Jourgensen is regarded as being one of the most prominent figures of industrial music,</ref> influencing numerous other groups and musicians, both in alternative and industrial-associated acts.

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The label is a joint venture with Megaforce Records in the United States and Canada and is distributed through Sony BMG Music Entertainment/RED Distribution. [3]

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Artists

Revolting Cocks band

Revolting Cocks, also known as RevCo, are an American–Belgian industrial rock band and, sometimes, supergroup that began as a musical side-project for Richard 23 of Front 242, Luc van Acker, and Al Jourgensen of Ministry.

Prong (band) American heavy metal band

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Ascension of The Watchers is a band that was started by Burton C. Bell and John Bechdel. They wrote and recorded their first release, Iconoclast, at Bechdel's home in rural Pennsylvania. Iconoclast was originally released on 12" vinyl but has since been released on CD.

Releases

<i>Cocked and Loaded</i> album by Revolting Cocks

Cocked and Loaded is an LP released February 14, 2006 by the Revolting Cocks on 13th Planet Records.

<i>Rio Grande Blood</i> 2006 studio album by Ministry

Rio Grande Blood is the tenth studio album by an American industrial metal band Ministry, released in 2006. It is their first release through 13th Planet and Megaforce Records.

<i>Cocktail Mixxx</i> remix album by Revolting Cocks

Cocktail Mixxx is a remix album released on March 6, 2007 by the Revolting Cocks on 13th Planet Records. All of the original songs can be found on the band's previous album, Cocked and Loaded, and are remixed in their order of appearance on the promotional issue of that album, with "Fire Engine" having a second remix appear at the end. Original member Luc Van Acker and longtime contributor Phildo Owens remixed a track each on the record, but the other nine tracks were remixed by Clayton Worbeck. The second remix of "Fire Engine" features Josh Bradford on vocals.

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References

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